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Public Thinks Veterans With PTSD 'Struggle To Hold Down A Job'

Eighty-five per cent of those surveyed believed it would be difficult for someone with PTSD to stay in paid work for 12 months or longer.

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Eighty-five per cent of those surveyed believed it would be difficult for someone with PTSD to stay in paid work for 12 months or longer (Picture: PA).

New research has found that four in five think a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) would struggle to hold down a job.  

A study by YouGov says only five per cent of those asked thought someone with PTSD would find it easy to stay in work for more than a year.

More than four in five of the 2,098 UK adults surveyed believed it would be difficult for someone living with PTSD to stay in paid work for 12 months or longer.

The charity behind the research, The Poppy Factory, said it highlights the challenges ex-service personnel face in the jobs market and this potentially makes it difficult when it comes to staying on top of finances.

The charity's Chief Executive, Deirdre Mills, said: "We know from experience that those who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder can find it very challenging to stay in a job.

"With the right support over the long term, they often become the most dedicated, passionate and successful workers."

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The charity behind the research says it hopes to gauge public understanding of the challenges faced by those who have PTSD and who may struggle to find a new role in the civilian world (Picture: Crown Copyright).

The survey also found that 38 per cent of those asked felt it would be very difficult and 47 per cent who said it would be fairly difficult. The other 11 per cent said they did not know.

Casper, a former Royal Engineer who was medically discharged following a knee injury, said: "Employers, in general, need to change the way they look at people who have been in the forces.

"For many people, as soon as they know you’re ex-military and you have a mental health issue, they think you’re going to do something unexpected.

"It doesn’t work like that, but that’s the challenge you face."